Ezra Byakutangaza, the Acting Guild President of Makerere University has held a press conference today to address key issues regarding reopening for finalists and the ongoing online lectures.
While addressing the press today at the Makerere Guild Canteen, Byakutangaza urged all students to embrance the new mode of learning since it is the only option available.
“As we adapt to the new normal, I implore all students to embrace the new mode of learning as is the only option available to continue business in this COVID-19 era otherwise we risk losing time.” Byakutangaza said.
Byakutangaza further disclosed that all halls of residence will be operational and it will be one student per room in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“I am pleased to inform you that all halls will be opened for students and will strictly be occupied by a single individual per room. This will ensure the observance of Ministry of Health guidelines.” He added.
According to Byakutangaza, non-resident finalists who wish to reside in halls of residence will be required to apply to the wardens and this category of students will be paying UGX 150,000.
While speaking about the Main Building fire, Byakutangaza showed concern for the destroyed iconic Ivory Tower as he joined fellow students to demand for a police report.
“As the student fraternity we continue to mourn the loss of the Ivory Tower that that was gutted by fire on the morning of 20th September,” Byakutangaza said before adding that “we also demand that the police report on the cause of the fire be published as soon as possible.
Ezra Byakutangaza, who also doubles as the President of the Uganda National Students Association (UNSA) became the Acting Guild President when the 85th government term ended. The university is expected to elect new leaders when all students report back to campus.
Read his full address to the media below;